At least 163 more students enrolled in Lafayette Parish school system classes compared with this time last year, school officials said Thursday — with the district gaining almost as many students as it lost from charter schools.
As of Thursday, 29,692 students had enrolled in the district’s public schools, compared with last year’s 29,529.
“While the district has reportedly lost a total of 114 students to local area charter schools, it has gained 111 students back from these same charters, resulting in a nearly neutral net impact on public school enrollment,” school officials said Thursday in a news release.
Also, at least 147 elementary, 28 middle and 30 high school students at D- and F-labeled schools have applied to attend a higher-rated school as part of the state-mandated school choice option.
High school applicants have been notified of their options to enroll in another school, and the school system is in the process of notifying elementary and middle school transfer applicants.
Once notified, parents must officially withdraw students from their current schools and register them at their new schools.
The Louisiana Public School Choice Act took effect in the 2014-15 school year and allowed parents to transfer their child to a different school if their current school was rated as a D or F school, based on state accountability measures.
The majority of the D and F schools — eight of them — are elementary schools: Alice Boucher, Carencro Heights, Duson, J.W. Faulk, S.J. Montgomery, Ossun, Westside and Evangeline.
The other schools on the list are Lafayette Middle School and two high schools: Carencro and Northside.
Only two of the schools — Faulk and Northside — have F labels.
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